Can I appeal a lesser monetary amount than expected on personal monetary suffering?
You just answered my question, but I have more questions. I understand how they arrived at my weekly compensation. What I'm trying to do is get back payment for those weeks (6/08-11/08) for which I stopped filing. I know that I was wrong to stop filing. However, my COBRA is $924/mo. Not to mention other normal living expenses. Can I appeal to their humane side to obtain back pay for those weeks. I am depleting my savings. My husband takes 9 perscription drugs per day. Health insurance is essential. Also, had I not been so stupid as to just stop filing, I would be eligible for those extensions. I know I'm grasping. But I'm sinking.
I do understand what you would like to do, but appealing to their humane side only works if the statutes allow it. For instance, if your wages appear to have been under reported.
It is a basic assumption by the states that if you file for unemployment...you understand even the repercussions of monetary eligibility rules for appealing.
I personally think this is sometimes, almost laughable considering the information state unemployment depts. publish, but this is not to say I still haven't seen decision after decision that states what they assume the average person knows when they file, or stop filing, only to learn later, they made a mistake.
To prevail you would have to show "good cause" for not continuing to file for those partial benefits. Just saying you were ignorant of UI law, or did not understand you should have continued to file for partial unemployment has no basis in law, for them to consider a late appeal for a good cause reason. Especially, since it's in the record now that you did have the information available to you in the bluebook, but did not read it until too late.
Unemployment appeals just can't be decided on an individual's emotional, or financial needs.
They may feel bad for you, but there is nothing they can do because the law won't allow it.
The point I'm trying to make to you is unemployment is not a "social entitlement program" but an insurance program paid for by employer paid UI taxes.
You may be able to find some relief for the medical situation through a "social program" such as Medicaid which is based on income as well.
But even my opinion, should not stop you from filing that appeal and if they decide to award backpay....please let us all know how and why they decided in your favor.